Sunday, 12 May 2013

Recipe: Vodka jellies in lime peel

After seeing these watermelon-style vodka jelly shots recently at a friends house, I decided to try making them myself after thinking that they can't be too difficult -however, this definitely wasn't the case! I will share my method here with you, as they are very fun to have at a dinner party/gathering of friends, and all of my friends were quite impressed with them (even though mine turned out a little lob-sided!).

For this recipe, I have used 10 limes, 1 pack of strawberry jelly, and vodka.

1. The first step is to slice the limes in half, and then remove the lime from the peel. I found this easiest by slicing around the lime carefully using a sharp knife, then squeezing out the juice, followed by removing the centre with a spoon - there may be easier ways of doing this though.

2. Secondly, make up the jelly according to the instructions on the packet, ensuring that you use 3/4 water and 1/4 vodka. Remember not to use too much vodka here, as this will cause the jelly to not set correctly. I found this quantity of vodka to be the perfect amount.

3. Now here's the difficult part! Pour the jelly, very carefully, into the limes after ensuring that they are lined upright. A method to ensure that the limes remain upright is by using muffin tins, and placing each  lime half into each muffin space - unfortunately I thought of this after making these, which is why the first time I tried this all of the limes fell over and the jelly came out! So I would definitely recommend using muffin baking trays to avoid this from happening.

4. Once complete, leave in the fridge to set. I left mine overnight just to be sure. 

5. Once set, carefully slice the limes in half using a sharp knife. Ta-da! You now have your cute vodka jelly shots!

You can try this method with orange and lemon peel too, along with other flavours of jelly to get an interesting mix of colours and flavours once you get the hang of it! I love this idea though, as vodka jellies in shot glasses are almost impossible to eat. It's also a great idea for children's parties (obviously without the vodka).